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August 7, 2017 AT 1:00 pm

Circuit Playground As a Robot Controller With Bluetooth #CircuitPlayground

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Nice build and tutorial from Instructables user otterbot.

A friend gave me one of Adafruit’s circuit playgrounds (developer edition) to use, and I wanted to see would it make a good robot controller. The circuit playground is packed full of features like sensors, neo-pixels and even an accelerometer.

I wanted to add a L9110 motor controller and create a small bot I could use to show some of the expansion possibilities. The circuit playground uses the standard Arduino IDE so its has a huge amount of libraries and examples on the web to use.

I also wanted to make something robust that wouldn’t have a lot of wires exposed, so beginners or children could use my bot and learn to program.

Adding bluetooth was also a goal which I talk about later in this article.

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